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The official W2W routes are in for this year. Pretty similar to last year, though it looks like they've modified day two slightly to be 41 and 63 mile options.

I will make copies of these in our club account for anyone who wants ridewithgps along the ride... but I caution that their ridewithgps routes are not official curated maps with sanity checked and edited cue sheets. You won't need ridewithgps guidance during W2W itself, they have great signage up throughout. :)
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Nevermind! Found it :)
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https://ridewithgps.com/events/24211-santa-cruz-and-back :)

New start location: Lexington Reservoir - see the event invite for a ride sharing spreadsheet link.

New way to share photos: A Shared Google Photos Album to collect photos in rather than on the Google+ Event: https://goo.gl/photos/SEAGvonRNGqiGMGQA (try it, see how it goes!)
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NEW START LOCATION! - Don't let the similar mileage fool you, folks: this is a monster ride that will double the vertical feet from last week! (But you can do it.)

We usually avoid out-and-back routes, but these roads are so fantastic you'll want to see 'em twice. In fact this out-and-back portion from Lexington Dam to the outskirts of Soquel -- Acts 1 and 3 of our journey -- could be fairly described as Pure Cycling Heaven On Earth.

.... which is a good thing, because Act 2 through Santa Cruz itself will be a bit... grungy. It's urban riding, with probably tons of cars and peds. Still, it's going to be a fun and scenic adventure you won't forget! Rather "touristy" compared to other rides in the series, which is good in its own way. Just don't plan on making great time through this part, especially the mile going straight through the jungle of Beach St. Think of it like a bit of a break before tackling the big climb home.

OVERVIEW

0 - start (Lexington Dam)
11 - Summit Center (grocery store)
32 - rest stop: Lighthouse (water)
40 - lunch: Café D'Anna
51 - Summit Center again
62 - end

LOGISTICS

Please add your row to the carpool coordination spreadsheet ASAP, even if you don't intend to carpool: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_HLwYZ7NMOEd4VwLDNAhhpgBDyPI8ZWE4237bwANiGI/edit#gid=0

This is to spare both the air and the parking fees (you'll need a credit card for the pay station). Or if you're thinking of riding to the start, just note that the only even remotely reasonable way to get there involves a fairly unpleasant (but totally doable) 2-mile dirt and gravel trail. Allow extra time on that.

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WHAT TO DO

Invite friends. Bring two water bottles, electrolyte mix, plenty of whatever you like to snack on while riding, a charged phone, credit card, tube-change necessities and sunscreen.

Please plan ahead and be at Lexington Reservoir early!

WARNINGS

These are unsupported rides. There will be no food or water provided. There will be no car support ("SAG"). If you find yourself unable to complete the route, you will need someone you can call for a ride... mobile coverage is questionable in these hills. Pick a ride buddy.

You are responsible for riding safely, legally and courteously. Bicycles are vehicles and must follow the rules of the road. Don't blow through stop signs. Use hand signals, call out when slowing or passing, and try to point out road debris to the riders behind you. Please remember that your actions on these rides reflect on Google, BikeMS and all cyclists.
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+Brian Ward I mean, to be fair, the climb back is kinda neverending. :-)
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"The implicit mutual trust of the early Internet period has all but disappeared, and applications increasingly regard the network as a hostile environment that should be negotiated with care and discretion."

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QUIC is awesome. I would not mind, however, if it got it's own protocol number. http://www.potaroo.net/ispcol/2016-07/hostsvnets.html
There are a number of ways to view the relationship between hosts and the network in the Internet. One view is that this is an example of two sets of cooperating entities that share a common goal: hosts and the network both want content to be delivered. Both have an interest in seeing this ...
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Pretty sure it should have died when open relays had to be killed.
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If a law firm thinks they have a good chance of winning, will they sometimes take cases like this with no money up front? (pro bono if they lose)
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This Saturday: ¡Calaveras Road!
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Earlier starting time! Meet at 7:45am.

Same distance as last week, but we add both heat and actual climbing. This route takes us through Niles canyon to Sunol and up and over Calaveras Road. A classic East Bay route. It features one main climb followed by several miles of scenic winding rolling hills overlooking the reservoir. Beware of cowpies, ranch hands have been known to herd their cattle on the road between gates.

It is hot out here. There is no water available from Sunol until we descend back into Milpitas. Be sure to carry at least two bottles.

OVERVIEW

17mi - Water & Restrooms
33mi - Convenience Store for food & fuel, park porta-pottys near by.
All climbing happens here. You NEED two bottles.
53mi - Lunch (Gyro's)
65mi - The end

ROUTES: https://ridewithgps.com/events/24201-calaveras

The Bonus route adds an additional climb up the top half of Felter Road and down Sierra for an additional 10 miles + 1,500ft of climbing and amazing views. That all happens in the hot dry area before lunch. Bonus route riders, you must carry enough water and a snack. Please do not feed the vultures.

There isn't an official Short Route option for this one. If you need something short, I suggest you cut the south bay out of the loop and start anywhere in the Fremont to Milpitas area.

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Saturday Training Rides

This summer, Team Google & Friends is running a complete 12-week Saturday training ride series to get you prepared for the big event in September!

What to do

Invite friends. Pack two water bottles, electrolyte mix, plenty of whatever you like to eat while riding, a fully charged phone, credit card, tube-change necessities and sunscreen.

Be at the meetup on time or early!

Warnings

These are unsupported rides. There will be no food or water provided. There will be no car support ("SAG"). If you find yourself unable to complete the route, you will need someone you can call for a ride - but beware we will be away of mobile service in many areas.

You are responsible for riding safely, legally and courteously. Bicycles are vehicles and must follow the rules of the road. Don't blow through stop signs. Use hand signals, call out when slowing or passing, and try to point out road debris to the riders behind you. Please remember that your actions on these rides reflect on Google, BikeMS and all cyclists.
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I'm hoping to join you all at the second rest stop. 
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A low-climbing metric century with official tasty lunch stop awaits your riding pleasure this weekend.
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It's time for our first metric century (100 km)! We're going for distance rather than climb this week. We tour around the peninsula in a cross-over figure eight loop via the Belmont bike bridge.

This is also our first ride with an official much needed lunch stop! Whisper's cafe, while odd to get to by bike, has a large outdoor seating area.

Overall, this ride goes for distance. Hills are gentle! Some rolling hills in the first half each under 250ft and some smaller bumps to get to lunch, but otherwise it will quite often be flat as Kansas.

OVERVIEW

0 - start
18 - rest stop Starbucks / Lunardi's Market
28 - water/restrooms at Seal Point
42- lunch at Whisper's Cafe & Creperie
57 - water/snack at Cafe Zoe
65 - end

Short and Bonus route options are available.

ROUTES: https://ridewithgps.com/events/23374-metric-century-100k

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Saturday Training Rides

This summer, Team Google & Friends is running a complete 12-week Saturday training ride series to get you prepared for the big event in September!

What to do

Invite friends. Pack two water bottles, electrolyte mix, plenty of whatever you like to eat while riding, a fully charged phone, credit card, tube-change necessities and sunscreen.

Be at the meetup on time or early!

Warnings

These are unsupported rides. There will be no food or water provided. There will be no car support ("SAG"). If you find yourself unable to complete the route, you will need someone you can call for a ride (at the least, there is always Uber).

You are responsible for riding safely, legally and courteously. Bicycles are vehicles and must follow the rules of the road. Don't blow through stop signs. Use hand signals, call out when slowing or passing, and try to point out road debris to the riders behind you. Please remember that your actions on these rides reflect on Google, BikeMS and all cyclists.
The Metric Ride
Sat, August 13, 8:15 AM PDT
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How do manufacturers put a saddle on its rails?
How are mere mortals supposed to do that if it comes off?

A riders seat came off the rails on last weekend's training ride. Thats a first. None of us could figure out how to get it back on as it seemed it would require bending the rails to get it that last 1cm needed to slide the nose into its pocket. I routed him to a good LBS thankfully only a couple miles of flat roads away where they were similarly surprised by this failure and sold him a new saddle.

We used velcro ankle strap through the hole in the middle and around the rails combined with a saddle bag strap to hold it on in place enough for him to ride to the shop without having to stand the entire way.
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Oh... I forgot to mention that I had also forgotten to bring a bike tool along for the ride 😒
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